Below is listed the software that will get you started with getting you talking with TheGuild! Note that not all the software will work on all platforms. Also note that support for installing and configuring is up to the user.  TheGuild is not responsible if any installation process causes bad things to happen and breaks something.


Zello is the very popular Walkie Talkie app that works on smart phones, tablets, PC's, and network radios.  We have several channels available to our registered users and members.

Available for: Windows, Android, Blackberry, iOS.
Website for Download: https://zello.com/personal/

While the most current version of the Zello APK in the Play Store works, its functionality is not compatible with the experience that the Users of Network radios want. The most current version of the app takes over total control of the PTT so even if you are in Teamspeak or Echolink or any other app, if you hit the PTT, Zello will come up and take over the radio. If your Zello up dates to the current version and takes over the PTT on your radio, you will need to remove it and downgrade to Version 3.53. This can be downloaded here. https://theguildglobal.com/download/zello-v3-53-apk/


EchoLink® software allows licensed Amateur Radio stations to communicate with one another over the Internet, using streaming-audio technology.  The program allows worldwide connections to be made between stations, or from computer to station, greatly enhancing Amateur Radio's communications capabilities.

Available for: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS. Will run on Linux but needs additional software or you need to install the Qtel Client.
Website for Download: http://www.echolink.org/


TeamSpeak is a proprietary voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) application for audio communication between users on a chat channel, much like a telephone conference call. Users typically use headphones with a microphone. The client software connects to a TeamSpeak server of the user's choice, from which the user may join chat channels.

Available for: Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android
Website for Download: https://www.teamspeak.com


QsoNet uses the internet to receive audio signals from a ham radio transmitting station, then instantly reflects the audio back to all stations listening on that frequency. There is no RF. Everything is done over the internet. The result is a simulated ionosphere for worldwide amateur radio communication. Stations can use voice, CW (Morse code), PSK and FSK modulation. CQ100 is the software package that QSOnet uses for this.

Website for Download: http://qsonet.com/index.html


Zoiper is a full featured SIP/IAX softphone client. It is available for all platforms and allows connection to AllStarLink Nodes if the nodes are configured to allow it and you have the proper information. It also allows calls with a properly configured account with the HamShack Hotline (on the Experimental side) as well as other SIP/IAX providers.

Available for: Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Web
Website for Download: https://www.zoiper.com/


Pi-Star is a software image built initially for the Raspberry Pi (produced by the Raspberry Pi Foundation).
The design concept is simple, provide the complex services and configuration for Digial Voice on Amateur radio in a way that makes it easily accessable to anyone just starting out, but make it configurable enough to be interesting for those of us who cant help but tinker.

Pi-Star can be what ever you want it to be, from a simple single mode hotsport running simplex providing you with access to the increasing number of Digital Voice networks, up to a public duplex multimode repeater!

The world is at your fingertips, and the choices are yours!

If you like to get your hands dirty, delve beneath the simple to use web based dashboard, Pi-Star provides some unique tools to make administration easy, but we also encourage those who want to understand what the system is and how it works to be as involved as they want to be!

Most importantly, have fun using Pi-Star!

Website for Download: https://www.pistar.uk/downloads/


Allows you to transfer files across devices, control mobile devices remotely, receive and reply to messages on computer. It fulfills the basic needs.  Great for controlling your network radio!

Website for Download:  https://www.airdroid.com/en/get.html


Create the Boot Image

Download Link:  https://theguildglobal.com/nextcloud/index.php/s/yPaq227DxFEdTo2

  1. Obtain a high quality microSD card. A Class-10 card of 8GB or more is recommended.
  2. Download a Compass Linux image from archive.compasslinux.org
  3. The 'lite' version is without a GUI and will require hand editing of configuration files. The full version has a GUI desktop.
  4. Unzip and copy the uncompressed image to the SD card using the procedure outlined on the Raspberry Pi site.

Boot for the First Time

  1. Place the microSD card in the Raspberry Pi.
  2. Attach a monitor and keyboard/mouse to the Raspberry Pi
  3. Attach Ethernet via the RJ-45 jack to your network.
  4. Apply power via the microUSB port next to the HDMI port
  5. Allow the Raspberry Pi to boot up
  6. Login (User: pi, Password: raspberry)
  7. Perform any Linux configuration specific to your installation, e.g. assign specific network addresses, install favorite tools, etc. (This is beyond the scope of NW Digital Radio support, please use Linux support resources for assistance.)
    Note: DO NOT RUN raspi-update - it will break your install
  8. You may wish to edit the /etc/hosts file and add a reference to the hostname, for example if you keep the default 'compass' hostname, add a line compass
    If you want to change the computer hostname use the command:
    sudo raspi-config
  9. Then select "Advanced Options" -> "Hostname" and follow the instructions. It will update the hostname for your Raspberry Pi and will make the change in /etc/hosts
    Insert the ThumbDV™ and observe that it appears at /dev/ttyUSB0
    ls /dev/ttyU* will list all USB serial ports, if you have a GPS, another ThumbDV™, or other serial device they may also be listed. Be sure to locate the one with the newly installed ThumbDV™.
  10. To gracefully shutdown the Raspberry Pi, you may use the command:
    sudo halt

Install AMBEserver

Use the following commands on the command line.
For the AMBEserver:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install ambeserver
sudo systemctl enable ambeserver@ttyUSB0.service
The ThumbDV™ baud rate setting for startup defaults to 230400. For new ThumbDV™ (Rev. A) devices, the baud rate will need to be modified to 460800. See AMBEserver Addendum for instructions.

Reboot your system. AMBEserver should be running and listening on UDP port 2460.